We can probably all agree that nobody really wants to wear a face mask right now, but the fact of the matter is they’re fast becoming an essential accessory in everyday life. However, the standard blue face masks you can get from hospitals and by the bulk load are pretty ugly, and we reckon that has something to do with the lack of uptake from the general public.
It’s clearly a theory many fashion brands have had as well, as we’ve seen a whole wave of masks appearing from some of our favourite designers. They of course not only a serve a purpose to protect you and the wider public from contracting The Virus, but they also serve as a genuine fashion accessory and one that can easily transform any outfit.
When it comes to buying a face mask, you’ll need to make sure you can get a tight but comfortable fit around your face. You don’t want any gaps at the top or sides, as this will make it completely redundant. Most masks have elasticated sides to will be able to stretch to virtually any size, and some have flexible wire in the main section to mould to your face.
For a face mask to be effective it should also have multiple layers of fabric to act as a filtration system, but also to allow you to breathe normally. You don’t want to be taking your mask off all the time to inhale large amounts of air. You may have seen mention of N95 filters online, but you’re unlikely to get a mask with one of these as they need to be reserved for healthcare workers.
It’s also recommended that you wash your face mask before the first wear and after each wear. Put it on and remove it using the handles rather than holding the main piece that goes over your mouth, and don’t pull it down to your neck when you need to remove it. Your neck can be a stomping ground for germs and bacteria, so putting your mask here will just transfer a layer to it.
We’ve also seen stories online of people microwaving their masks in an attempt to kill any bacteria. This, and we cannot stress this enough, not a wise thing to do. Do not microwave your mask. Microwaving. Not. Good.
Here are some of the coolest face masks around to give you perfect pandemic protection. However, bear in mind that many of them require a filter to be inserted, which you’ll have to buy separately.
How to make a face mask?
Why make one when you can buy one for cheap. Even better, get a designer and be the talk of the town.
Do face masks work?
Yes. They reduce the spread of germs.
Where to buy face masks?
Face masks are available at most pharmacies, however many fashion brands are now making affordable fabric masks.